hierarchy hierarchy  /ˈhaɪ ə ˌrɑr ki/


  1. (n) a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
  2. (n) the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body



  • The hierarchy was a big stumbling block for exchange of ideas in the Company. The new CEO tore down the hierarchy and made it flat.


  1. Pope Francis's remark about "gay lobby" heightens speculation

    For years, perhaps even centuries, it has been an open secret in Rome: that some prelates in the Vatican hierarchy are gay. But the whispers were amplified this week when Pope Francis himself, before a private audience, appeared to have acknowledged what he called a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican, vying for power and influence.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  2. What Investors Should Really Fear — and What They Shouldn’t

    A first step in treating post-traumatic stress disorder is to compile a “hierarchy of fears” to be surmounted, from the least scary to most terrifying. Investors have undergone their share of financial trauma over the past five years, and remain … Continue reading ?
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Michael Santoli via Yahoo! Finance

  3. How preferences of patients can be determined

    ( Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care ) In a pilot project IQWiG tested whether the "Analytic Hierarchy Process" method is suitable to find out which treatment goals are particularly important to patients. This is the conclusion of a report by the German IQWiG, Cologne, which was published in June 2013 and for which an English-language summary is now available.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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  1. "His [Mr Maliki's] intentions seem good when he talks to the Americans, and sensitive reporting suggests he is trying to stand up to the Shia hierarchy and force positive change", the memo written by adviser Stephen Hadley says. "But the...
    on Nov 29, 2006 By: Stephen Hadley Source: BBC News

  2. "It's not something we can control, but it's definitely something that the hierarchy needs to fix into our fixtures," Pietersen said in The Times.
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Kevin Pietersen Source: ic Wales

  3. "Let me be clear," Howard writes. "Neither I nor 'Angels & Demons' are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting...
    on Apr 21, 2009 By: Ron Howard Source: FOXNews

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